Chevrolet Volt Sales In March Up 190%, Re-Takes US Sales Lead From Nissan LEAF
March was the first full month of availability for the 2017 Chevrolet Volt, which replaces the CARB-state limited 2016 edition.
And despite more than a few regional hole in inventory, General Motors sold 1,865 copies of the next generation Volt in March, good for a 192% improvement over the anemic 639 sold in 2015 (as the original edition suffered from recently being made obsolete).
With March’s result, the Chevrolet Volt also once again becomes the all-time best selling plug-in for the US, passing the Nissan LEAF.
The all-time tally stands at 92,737 for the Volt to 92,522 for the LEAF.
As we noted last month, General Motors has done an incredible job of not only selling, but stock the 2017 edition of the Volt, a car that just entered production on February 1st of this year.
During the month, GM averaged about ~2,500 available copies of the 2017 model on dealer lots, while still selling down remaining 2016s and older generation models; originally we had thought it would take closer to the end of April to achieve the inventory status the company already enjoys.
Also of interest: Cadillac moved 104 ELRs, a slight gain (13%) from the 92 sold a year ago, while the Spark EV surged to 252 sales – a 2016 high, and up some 67% from a year ago.
Separately this month with the Chevy Volt and General Motors:
*- the Volt picked up another award, this time the “Green Machine of the Year” (still sounds made up to us)
*- the first pre-production Chevrolet Bolt EV ran down the line in Orion Michigan – watch some Bolt EVs getting made here
*- if you own a new Volt, check in the trunk to see if GM remembered to give you your tire inflater kit, as the company put out a service bulletin saying they forgot to do so on some production cars
*- Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing, says GM has changed the way it markets the Volt, and will be more successful than in the past